Air Force & Army Officers

 

Since the Second World War,  the officers of the Royal Australian Air Force at Forest Hill and at the Australian Army at Kapooka (both near Wagga Wagga) have had automatic honourary membership within the Riverine Club. 

All officers from Wagga Wagga's barracks are welcome to attend any formal or more informal function held at the club and should contact the Club Secretary or manager prior to signing in.

During the war, the Riverine Club was placed at the disposal of the Royal Australian Air Force for use by the officers of the RAAF and the US Air Force. After the war, the club officially returned to being a Gentleman’s club upon the visit to the Riverine Club by the fondly remembered visit of His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, the eleventh Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (pictured), on 5th November 1945.

Despite the ceasing of hositilities and with daily life returning to pre-war normality with each ship's docking, the hardships of the severe 1944-1945 drought lingered particularly in the Riverina and its provincial capital, Wagga Wagga. In his speech at the opening of the Australian Parliament in 1945, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester made mention of his first-hand obsersavtions of the country.

"Unhappily, many areas of Australia have been laid waste by drought. Crops have failed and fodder reserves have been depleted to a dangerous level. For the first time since 1914, the Commonwealth is importing grains. It is my fervent prayer that rain will soon relieve the gallant men and women in the stricken areas."

The Riverine Club, Members Roll of Honour, The Great War 

The Riverine Club, Members Roll of Honour, World War 1939 to 1945

The Club Secretary may be contacted on (02) 6921 2031 to arrange hospitality.